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Berlinale begins - Sydney moderates a panel with heads of various sections here. Producers, talents, sales and distributors attending.

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by Sydney Levine, Peter Belsito
February 16, 2014 10:00 AM
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Sydney Levine moderates panel at the Berlinale

Shortcuts for First Timers, an informaitonal panel w at the beginning of the Berlinale Film Festival and Market / EFM was organized by EFM Head Beki Probst.

Andrea Vaul, the new Co-Director of EFM, Karen Hofflinger of the Berlinale, Sonja Heinen of the Coproduction Market and the World Cinema Fund and Sebastian Huber of Talents Berlin explain their sections to about 200 first timers at the Mirror Restaurant. The description of the Festival's and EFM's various activities by section heads is invaluable to people trying to get oriented to this large, vibrant, fast moving, complex event.

This year the festival sold more than 350,000 tickets for the first time since its founding in 1951.  Showing an average of 400 films and catering to some 16,000 industry vistors and about 4,000 journalists from 130 countries, the public event is exceptional.  The European Film Market is the business center of the festival.  In addition to exhibition space, it provides for over 1,100 screenings of new films, hosts the American Independents in Berlin, an IFP and Sundance Institute initiative, industry debates, Meet the Docs - a platform to facitilate networking amojng buyers, sellers, directors and producers of documentaries in collaboration with the European Documentary Network, German Cinema, The Talents, and Books to Film.  The World Cinema Fund also hosted two paels, one of Argentinian Cinema of the 21st Century and one of the film history of the WCF countries.  Guests of the new Berlinale Residency Program for writers and directors were also working the Co-Production Market  after their our month stay in Berlin.

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